Drills=Skills Show 18 – Whips

This week’s edition of Drills=Skills features the full crew talking about Whips.

Drills=Skills Show 17 – Summer Camps & Clinics

Summer Camps & Clinics is the topic of the 17th edition of Drills=Skills.

Drills=Skills Show 16 – Double Fulls

The latest Drill=Skills is all about Double Fulls.

Drills=Skills Show 15 – Tryouts

The 15th episode features Shea and David discussing Tryouts.

Drills=Skills Show 14 – Fulls

The 14th Drill=Skills has the guys discussing fulls.

Drills=Skills Show 13 – Worlds 2017

On the 13th edition of Drills=Skills, Shea, Sean and special guest Jenn Power discuss Worlds 2017.

Shea on Roundoff Drills

Often times when dealing with the roundoff a few issues are getting feet together fast enough to allow for blocking as well as pushing through toes from each foot. A few drills to help with getting feet together faster.

  • Roundoff to push up shape.  I like to introduce this from a lung with landing onto a soft surface.  Once the hands touch the floor they stay there and I tell my kids I want to “hear” their feet clap.
  • Roundoff up a wedge mat.  This will allow the athlete to feel their improper landings.  In order to rebound up and back they have to get their feet together quickly.

Pushing through toes is a concept that takes time so it’s important to be patient and try several drills to see what clicks with the individual.  Here are a few things I like to do.

  • I like to have the athlete start with their good leg knee down on the floor, hands back.  Athlete will stand up on their bad leg and push through their toes into a proper lunge and complete the roundoff.
  • Another popular one is to start standing with good leg lifted off of the ground, toe slightly in front.  I ask the athlete to hop (preferably punch) off of the other leg as far as they can 3 times and then roundoff.  This helps engage the hips and forces them to push through their toes.  Watch for turning as sometimes athlete feel the need to wind up but it’s important to stay square.

There are many variations of these drills as well as ways to combine them and challenge your athletes.

Drills=Skills Show 12 – Nutrition

Nutritionist Stephanie Yeatts joins the guys to talk about nutrition on the 12th edition of Drills=Skills. Stephanie also provided the Cheer Athlete Nutrition guide below.

Cheer Athlete Nutrition

Drills=Skills Show 11 – Conditioning

On the 11th Drills=Skills Shea, David, and Sean discuss Conditioning.

Shea on Handstand Troubleshooting

Some of the common issues I see in handstands are a short lunge, head out and improper balance.

A tip I got from Debbie Love was to walk heel to toe 4 steps and that should be the distance of step into the lunge.  Elbows behind ears with an invisible straight line from finger tips to pinky toe.  This lunge will provide the proper angle for athlete to stretch to the floor for their handstand.

Neutral head position is often tough for athletes starting handstands as they often feel as they will fall over if they don’t poke their head out. I prefer the athlete watch their fingertips touch the floor then look back the direction they came. This will allow for a neutral head position.

Balancing a handstand to hold for 3 seconds is often much more difficult than it may seem.  Kicking legs and arching the lower back is the most common ways I’ve seen athletes try to balance and hold a handstand.  I have my athletes clap their hands palm to palm and squeeze their fingertips so that their palms stay touching but there is a slight lift in the finger while the palm and tips stay touching.  This allows the athlete to engage the muscles throughout their arms into the core.  Pointing toes and engaging glutes, quads and hamstrings is crucial to holding a proper handstand.

The handstand is such an important skill for shaping as well as strength and when done properly helps all aspects of the athletes tumbling.